We’re going to mix it up a little today because, hey, we have the technology to do so. Chuck Lofgren’s control struggles continued, while Huntsville had 17 hits, won the game, yet still had trouble scoring runs.
Prospect Of The Day
Odd stat line of the day goes to Huntsville (Brewers): 17 hits, three runs. The Stars also drew three walks, meaning that they had 20 baserunners and only three of them scored. That happens when a team manages to hit into five doubles plays, ranging from the standard 5-4-3 to the unusual 8-6 double play. Third baseman Mat Gamel went 4-for-5 to increase his numbers to to a whopping .384/.443/.649 in 211 at-bats.
Carolina righthander Chris Volstad didn’t strike anyone out and his 12-9 groundout-fly out ratio wasn’t anythin spectacular. But the Marlins farmhand didn’t walk anyone and allowed just one run in seven innings, lowering his ERA to 2.96 in 70 innings . . . Montgomery (Rays) righthander Wade Davis has been up and down this season, but yesterday was one of his better performances. Davis allowed just two hits in seven innings, surrendering one run, one walk and striking out five . . . Jacksonville (Dodgers) shortstop Ivan DeJesus went 2-for-3 and hit his eighth double.
What To Watch For Today
Jacksonville righthander James McDonald pitches at Birmingham.
Prospect Of The Day
Nobody really blew us away yesterday with a wild performance the way Danny Murphy of Binghamton (Mets) did yesterday. Chuck Lofgren, however, was just plain wild, continuing his season trend. The 22-year-old Akron (Indians) lefthander walked five in 5 1/3 innings, struck out six and allowed five runs to raise his ERA to 5.94. Lofgren now has 34 walks in 47 innings, a rate of 6.5 per nine innings
Lofgren’s counterpart, Harrisburg (Nationals) righthander Jordan Zimmermann, also struggled with his control. Zimmermann, who turned 22 on Friday, issued five walks and allowed four runs in five innings . . . Tampa (Yankees) center fielder Austin Jackson and right fielder Jose Tabata each went 2-for-4 in the first game of a double-header, with Jackson notching his 14th double. In the second game, Jackson went 1-for-3 and added another double.
The Texas League had yesterday off. Midland righthander Henry Rodriguez starts tonight against Northwest Arkansas (Royals) at home, where the Athletics farmhand will try to lower his 8.89 ERA in Double-A since his promotion last month.